President Macri gave an interview to Tsuyoshi Tamura of the Asahi Shimbun, a Japanese publication. The talk turned to President Trump and Macri mentioned he had called Trump to congratulate him after the election.
Macri said the Trans-Pacific Partnership will go on without the United States. Cool. Obviously, the world does not need us to make TPP work.
From the interview:
Q: I hear that you have known Trump for many years. What type of person is he?
A: He is a person who is bold and aggressive and pushes through his opinions. Trump has his opinions and will try to push them.
Q: What relations have you had with him?
A: Many years ago, we concluded a business contract with him. At one time, we had close relations. I played golf with him and discussed businesses. I also took meals and exchanged opinions with him.
Q: What did you say to Trump in your (congratulatory) call to him?
A: We promised to establish the best bilateral relations ever. I hope that our good relations with the United States, seen under U.S. President Barack Obama, will continue and expand further under Trump. In the call, I also talked with his daughter. I have known her since her infant days.
Q: If businessmen become politicians, what are merits?
A: Those who bear responsibilities for paying salaries and maintaining employment can understand what people are seeking. It has a big meaning amid the current situation in which many leaders of the world are not interested in demands from their people. In the 21st century, technological innovation is depriving workers of their jobs. What is necessary is creativity to produce jobs.
Q: What are demerits?
A: They have to learn political systems. If they have the intention to do so, however, it will not take too much time to understand them. Trump won the election while making many people his enemy. That shows that his capabilities and insights are excellent.Macri has been successful in his first year in office, ending Argentina's bizarre pact with Iran and Venezuela, and reaching out to Brazil. his can work.